Keep your files safe.
- Always save files on network drives.
- Never save files on the desktop.
- Never save files on the local drive (C:)
Prepare your computer for nightly updates.
- Completely shut off your computer.
- The update server will update your computer for updates.
Reboot your computer at least once a week.
- Go to the Start menu
- Click the Shut Down button on the far right of the menu
- Select Shut Down from the drop-down list
- Click the Ok button
- Let the computer turn all the way off
- Wait 15 seconds.
- Turn the computer back on.
Never give your passwords to anyone else.
Keep your accounts safe by using passwords that are impossible to guess.
- Use non-personal information. (Avoid dates, family names, pet names.)
- Use words that do not appear in the dictionary. ("Cat" or "dog" is bad, and "Catdog" is bad, as well.)
- Change your passwords frequently.
- Use different IDs/passwords for different systems. (Do not use your bank PIN for your computer password.)
Protect your identity.
- Never respond to e-mail asking you to send a password, social security number or other sensitive info.
- Use secure web sites whenever sharing private information.
- Learn about how web sites use "cookies" to store information about you.
Protect your files.
- Lock your screen when you are away from your desk. (Press Windows-L)
- Avoid storing personally identifiable information on portable media (such as USB drives).
- Use secure file transfer to encrypt your files in transit.
- Establish secure connections with other machines to encrypt your login credentials and exchange of information.
Protect your computer from viruses and spyware.
- Keep anti-virus features turned on.
- Scan every file you receive for viruses, including files on removable media.
- Do not open attachments unless the e-mail is from someone you know.
- Keep automatic operating system updates running.
- Keep anti-spyware software running.
- Set up your Washburn E-mail filter quarantine.
- Don't enter sensitive or financial information into pop-up windows.
- Do not respond to e-mail messages giving you the opportunity to opt out. (This lets the spammer know you are alive and well!)
- Download files only from trusted sites. Click on hyperlinks in e-mail ONLY if you trust the site.
- Know that browser spoofing presents sites that appear to be trusted sites but are not.
Make washburn.edu a trusted site in your browser.
Prolong the life of your monitor by using settings for low-power sleep mode during periods of inactivity.